It is becoming all too common to hear about tragedy happening in our world day after day. It seems like the sadness never ends. It’s just sickening. I can’t imagine how gut wrenching it must feel to have known someone at the airport in Turkey or at the club in Orlando.

Regardless of religion or background, we can all agree that what’s been happening lately is completely heartbreaking. And regardless of political stance, we can all agree that something needs to be done about it.

Sometimes I catch myself feeling disengaged because it doesn't impact me directly in my safe little bubble. Or I get frustrated for a hot second because I feel like I need to do something tangible but I look around and I’m lost on ideas, feeling like whatever I do won’t make a difference anyway.

But I have to remind myself that those thoughts aren’t true. And that those thoughts don’t give God enough credit.  Loving others and prayer are both actionable things. Powerful actionable things that I am capable of doing whenever I can. And they're things that can make a difference.

I can't keep focusing on praying for my own little circle 99% of the time. God is bigger than all of this heartbreak. We have more power than we think because we have Him. We can’t let ourselves forget that.  

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives…” 1 Tim 2:1-2

Laura MaddoxComment